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21 September 2013 @ 06:58 pm
"The Candle of Hope"  
Author: digthewriter
Title: The Candle of Hope
Rating: PG
Word Count: 225
Pairing/Character(s): Merlin/Arthur, Gwen, Gaius
Summary: Arthur's return
Warning: Mild Angst
Written for: camelot_drabble prompt 76: nervous
Notes: Wondering where to go with this...

There were three candles that were placed next to Merlin’s bed. Two of them stayed lit for several days, the third was never lit. The first one belonged to Gaius; it lost its light ten years after. The second, belonged to Gwen; it lost its light twenty five years after. The third, belonged to Arthur, it was never lit.

Merlin had enchanted these candles for the three people that were closest to his heart. No matter where he’d been, he’d have these candles with him, to know how they were.

The day Gaius passed, Merlin floated the candle away with the old man’s body; same with Gwen. The third candle, Merlin kept with him, always. It had been nearly two thousand years when one day, Merlin woke up and Arthur’s candle was lit--it had started burning on its own.

He calmly arose from his bed and saw the image of an old man, someone that reminded him of Gaius. He smiled and murmured an incantation. He looked like himself again, the self he hadn’t been for many moons.

After a shower, he packed his belongings in a bag, and placed the candle in a secure holder. He was once again, a man on a mission. He was once again, something he hadn’t been in nearly two thousand years. Merlin was nervous.

archaeologist_d: Merlin Emrysarchaeologist_d on September 23rd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
I liked the idea of a candle to tell when someone was alive. Cool idea!
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 23rd, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
47eleven: Red47eleven on September 23rd, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
Well done
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 23rd, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D
candymacaron on September 24th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Beautiful symbolism with the candles. Well done, and I hope for Merlin's sake that Arthur's flame burns strong for years to come. :)
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 24th, 2013 05:43 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
brunettepetbrunettepet on September 24th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
I like that Merlin has an alarm system for alerting him to Arthur's resurrection.
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 24th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)
LOL, that's exactly what I thought. Magic and all.
aeris444: gwaineaeris444 on September 24th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
The idea of the candles is beautiful!

Great job!
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 24th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
clea2011: Merlinclea2011 on September 24th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
The candles burning as a way for him to watch over his friends are a lovely idea, and I love that Arthur is back at the end. :)
digthewriterdigthewriter on September 25th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)